One of the unique things that sets Dollywood apart from other theme parks is its location. The park is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains—the most-visited national park in the country! These mountains, I would argue, can provide some of the best sunsets and views anywhere.
As a Dollywood roller coaster junkie, I’ve ridden all of the roller coasters more than I can recall. (If you’re a roller coaster junkie as well, you can see Dollywood’s off-season roller coaster maintenance here.). Over the years, I’ve kept count of the perfect times throughout each season to ride roller coasters for the best views. I believe Dollywood’s roller coasters and rides offer some of the best views in the areas to admire the sunset and Great Smoky Mountains!
Based on my record keeping, below are the best windows each month to ride the roller coasters to experience the greatest Smoky Mountain sunsets. All times listed are Eastern Time. If you aren’t a coaster person, you’re still going to enjoy the sunset from anywhere in the park. One of my favorite spots is Wildwood Grove!
March: 7 – 7:30 p.m.
April: 7:30 – 8 p.m.
May: 8 – 8:30 p.m.
June: 8:15 – 8:45 p.m.
July: 8:15 – 8: 45 p.m.
August: 8 – 8:30 p.m.
September: 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
October: 6:30 – 7 p.m.
November: 5 – 5:30 p.m.
December: 5 – 5:30 p.m.
This year, Daylights Savings Time ends on Nov. 1, 2020, so that is why November and December times are earlier than others. Dollywood usually opens each year after Daylight Savings Time begins in early March so you only have to account for the time change in the fall each year.
Riding the roller coasters and rides during these peak times will be sure to provide some breath-taking views—right before the roller coaster takes your breath away. I hope to see you on the roller coasters this year during these peak times to admire the stunning views and sunsets of the Great Smoky Mountains!